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This paper offers an examination of Chinese visual culture, with an emphasis on the modern and contemporary. It focuses on an exploration of Chinese film and, to a lesser extent, Chinese painting, within a comparative historical framework. The aim of the paper is to broaden students’ exposure to aesthetic paradigms of the visual that may be different from those they are accustomed to, and to develop students’ ability to engage critically with the cultural (aesthetic, historical, philosophical and ideological) signifiers embedded in Chinese films and paintings.
This paper is taught through Moodle. Students can access Moodle from the Student Landing page of the University of Waikato’s website - http://www.waikato.ac.nz/landing/student.shtml. This is where other useful quick links, e.g. the University Library, are also displayed.If you open the Waikato website (www.waikato.ac.nz), then click the “Staff + Student Login” link at the top right, you will be on that page.
Several of the films that are required watching for this paper can be accessed online. For those films not readily available on the internet, copies are kept for short-term loan to students at the main counter in the ITS building. Further details on this will be posted on Moodle at the beginning of the paper.
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Students who complete this course should be able to:-
-have an understanding of some of the aesthetic, historical, philosophical and ideological dimensions that have shaped Chinese visual culture;
-observe and analyse key cultural signifiers embedded in Chinese film and painting;
-engage in discussions on specific films and paintings, sharing observations and ideas, and commenting critically on the analyses of others;
-undertake self-directed research on a particular film or painting;
-have a greater awareness and appreciation of the richness of Chinese visual culture, and some of the ways in which it diverges from and aligns with its western counterpart.Linked to the following assessments:
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.
Error: Assessment components must add up to 100%
At least one Assessment Component needs to be entered
|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Written assignment on painting topic||
8 Jun 2021
No set time
|2. Five online assessments||
Required and Recommended Readings*
There are no required texts for this paper. A Suggested Reading List will be posted separately on Moodle.
Approximately 150 hours. Students will be expected, via Moodle, to read/watch any lecture materials posted, and prepare items of assessment after reading around the topic.
Students will also be expected to view at least one complete film (ideally, multiple times) for several of the topics covered, as well as short YouTube clips that may be recommended.
Linkages to Other Papers*
Restricted papers: CHIN204, CHIN304